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Family Fun Night draws over 500 attendees

Culminating with a laser light show, Family Fun Night 2018 gathered students, alumni, faculty, and anyone interested in the Michigan ECE community to play, learn, and explore all that makes up electrical and computer engineering. Greeting visitors were demonstrations from student groups and research labs, games, activities, arts and crafts, giveaways, and dinner. [Full Story]

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Art, Economics, and Engineering in Finland

Kamal Sarabandi, Rufus S. Teesdale Professor and Director of the Radiation Laboratory, took a week out of his packed schedule to accept an invitation to evaluate the progress of Aalto University in Finland. "It's important to see what other institutions around the world are doing, especially those that are daring to break with tradition," said Sarabandi. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Conducting an orchestra of sensor nodes

PhD student Farzad Asgarian keeps time in the Internet of Things with frequency scaling, allowing for lower power sensor nodes that are more accurate. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Internet of Things  Najafi, Khalil  Sensing and Sensors  

Fall 2018: Artificial Intelligence Application in Electrical Engineering

Course No.: EECS 598-014
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Jared Chaar
Prerequisites: See instructor

Course Description:
The core concepts of AI and their applicability in Electrical Engineering are covered. Topics include search techniques and heuristics, logic and reasoning, knowledge representation, advanced planning, decisionmaking under uncertainty, andmachine learning. Using a number of these techniques and open source (Python) AI APIs, students will work in teams to implement the control components of an electric system.
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Alumnus Garlin Gilchrist named as running mate for Michigan Governor race

Garlin Gilchrist (BSE CE CS 2005) was named as running mate by Gretchen Whitmer in her bid for the Michigan Governorship. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Michigan is making tech tiny ... very tiny

David Blaauw explains the newest and smallest dust-sized computing system developed by a team of electrical and computer engineers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

Darlene Phillips appointed to U.S. DOE Advisory Committee

Darlene Phillips (BSE EE 1993), Director of Strategic Policy and External Affairs for PJM Interconnection, was appointed to the U.S. Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Committee. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Solving Impossible Problems

Eric Michielssen and collaborators have received the Sergei A. Schelkunoff Transactions Prize Paper Award for research impacting the ability to rapidly analyze electromagnetic phenomena. This award is presented to the authors of the best paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation during the previous year. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Michielssen, Eric  

Fall 2018: Topics in Hardware Security

Course No.: EECS 598-012
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Daniel Genkin
Prerequisites: Prior experience in low level programming

Course Description:
The security of a system is only as good as its weakest link. Even if a system's software is perfectly secure, the complex interactions between the system's hardware and the physical world have not been properly understood. Side-channel attacks exploit unintentional, abstraction-defying leakage from physical devices (such as the device's power consumption, electromagnetic radiation or execution timing variations) to recover otherwise-unavailable secret information. In this class, we shall review recent papers in the area of side channel attacks and their mitigations.

Specific topics include (but not limited to):1. Physical side channel attacks such as power and electromagnetic analysis2. Microarchitectural attacks such as cache attacks, and Rowhammer3. Speculative execution attacks: Spectre, Meltdown and Foreshadow4. Side channel mitigations and countermeasures
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Fall 2018: Engineering Interactive Systems for HCI

Course No.: EECS 598-013
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Alanson Sample
Prerequisites:

Course Description:
Recent advances in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction and Ubiquitous Computing have focused on creating innovative devices and methods for user interaction, new ways of displaying information, and novel methods of sensing and understanding the state of users and their environment. This course will focus on both, reviewing the state-of-the-art of interactive systems and the technologies that enable them, as well as teaching the skills necessary to actually build these research prototypes.

Classroom instruction will focus on a review of current research topics and literature in technical HCI areas including interactive technologies, augmented reality, haptics, wearables, shape-changing interfaces, and more. Homework assignments will take the form of mini-projects designed to build hands-on skills in the use of laser cutters, 3D printers, sensing and signal acquisition circuits, embedded systems, PCB design, and machine learning for event and activity recognition. The class will culminate in a final project where teams of students will pitch, build, and demo a self-defined project using the skills developed in this course. In lieu of purchasing a course textbook, students will be expected to buy a lab kit.
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The new law that will guide the future of information processing

Professor S. Sandeep Pradhan is working with Cambridge University on the new law of small numbers, which could impact the next generation of information processing networks. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Information Technology  Internet of Things  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Pradhan, S. Sandeep  

Fall 2018: Election Cybersecurity

Course No.: EECS 498-009
Credit Hours: 4 credits
Instructor: J. Alex Halderman
Prerequisites: See instructor

Course Description:
Elections, the foundation of democracy, are increasingly subject to electronic attacks. Manipulation of social media, hacks against campaigns, and vulnerabilities in voting equipment create unprecedented risks.

This new course will examine the past, present, and future of election security, informed by perspectives at the intersection of computer science, law and public policy, politics, and international affairs.

We will study how elections can be attached and work to help defend them, using a broad range of technical and public policy tools.
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MoSys, Inc. Appoints Daniel Lewis as President and CEO

Daniel Lewis (BSE EE 1971) was appointed President and CEO of MoSys, a semiconductor company that develops solutions for data path connectivity, speed, and intelligence. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Appier Strengthens AI Team with New Chief Artificial Intelligence Scientist

Dr. Min Sun (PhD EE:S 2012) joined Appier, an artificial intelligence (AI) company, as its first Chief Artificial Intelligence Scientist. Sun will focus on building AI systems for enterprise applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Artificial Intelligence  

Deciphering GPS satellites to see inside hurricanes

Researchers, including graduate student Tianlin Wang, are reverse engineering the signal from the same GPS satellites that provide location capabilities to our phones and cars in order to more accurately determine wind speeds within roaring hurricanes. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Antennas  Graduate Students  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sensing and Sensors  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  Space technology  

Blue Sky and Research Accelerator Initiatives fund solar fuel and high-power research

Zetian Mi leads a Blue Sky Initiative to contribute to clean water and renewable fuel, while Becky Peterson leads an effort to improve how we manufacture the electronics needed for high-power devices. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Mi, Zetian  Peterson, Becky (R. L.)  Power and Energy  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Sustainability and Environment  

Rick Flores leads a partnership of automakers into the autonomous future

When Rick Flores (MSE Electrical Engineering:Systems 1990) began his career at General Motors, it was still predominantly a mechanical engineering company. Now, he's taking the lead to develop standards for autonomous and connected vehicles with the largest automaker partnership in the world. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Automotive industry  

Memory-processing unit (MPU) could bring memristors to the masses

AI, weather forecasting and data science would all benefit from computers that store and process data in the same place. Professor Wei Lu is working on memristors that could be up to the task. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Electronic devices  Lu, Wei  Memristor  

A new hybrid chip that can change its own wiring

As part of a national effort to advance electronics technology, Hun-Seok Kim, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, will lead a $5.2 million project to develop a new type of system-on-chip (SoC) that mixes together the adaptability of general purpose processors with the efficiency of specialized processors, allowing for demanding applications such as highly intelligent wireless communication systems used in radar and swarms of autonomous devices. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Dreslinski, Ron  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Kim, Hun-Seok  Mudge, Trevor  

Enabling anyone to design hardware with a new open-source tool

In a $6.5 million U-M-led project that could revolutionize and democratize designing hardware devices, Professors Wentzloff, Blaauw, Dreslinski, and Sylvester will work to create an open-source hardware compiler that aims to reduce the six month process of hand-designing analog circuits to a dramatically faster and automated 24-hour routine. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Dreslinski, Ron  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Sylvester, Dennis  Wentzloff, David  

Michigan chips will be first to test next-generation hardware design tools

Professors Sylvester, Blaauw, and Dreslinski will test tools and provide feedback in a national program that aims to build free, open-source electronic design automation tools. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Dreslinski, Ron  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Sylvester, Dennis  

Fall 2018: Computational Modeling in Human-Computer Interaction

Course No.: EECS 598-011
Credit Hours: 3 credits
Instructor: Nikola Banovic
Prerequisites: Programming experience in Java, Python, MATLAB or R

Course Description:
This seminar course will review current computational approaches to describe, simulate, and predict human behavior from empirical behavior traces data. It will contrast computational modeling with other methodologies to understand human behavior and compare computational modeling with existing behavior modeling methodologies in HumanFComputer Interaction (HCI). Short assignments will give students exposure to some of the cuttingFedge methods, while the final project will give them an opportunity to push the boundaries of computational modeling in HCI by modeling behaviors of their choice from an existing data set.
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Four students earn awards at 2018 IEEE APS/URSI

Four University of Michigan graduate students won Honorable Mentions at the 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting. This is the flagship conference for those researching antenna, propagation, and radio sciences, with over 2,000 authors presenting their work. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Antennas  Graduate Students  Grbic, Anthony  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sarabandi, Kamal  Sensing and Sensors  Tsang, Leung  Wireless Systems  

Piston Group Leader Amit Singhi's Four-Point Play to Life

Amit Singhi shifted from engineering into business, but the technical chops from his engineering studies echo through his career. Today, Singhi is Chief Operating & Financial Officer of Piston Group, one of the largest minority-owned automotive suppliers in the country with annual revenues topping $2B. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Automotive industry  

Marvell Technology Completes Acquisition of Cavium

Cavium was founded by ECE alumnus Syed Ali. Ali will continue as a member of Marvell's Board of Directors [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Safety in Numbers: Computer Scientist Races to Develop Unhackable Code to Protect Everyones Data

ECE alumnus Kurt Rohloff is co-founder of the cybersecurity start-up, Duality Technologies, and director of the NJIT Cybersecurity Research Center. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  

University of Michigan to launch new website to help people navigate social media

EECS alumnus Garlin Gilchrist, executive director of the UM Center for Social Media Responsibility, says "it's time to reclaim your space." This is the message behind the center's new Social Integrity website, which is intended to help people to better navigate social media platforms. The site launched June 30. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Prof. Jason Corso on Artificial Intelligence

Prof. Jason Corso covers the basics of artificial intelligence (AI) in an interview by Online Engineering Programs. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Corso, Jason  

Rick Bergman sees that Synaptics stays in touch

ECE alumnus Rick Bergman, CEO of Synaptics, talked to The Mercury News about Synaptics and its evolution into other areas beyond physical touchpads. "At the end of the day, what we like to do is make devices easier to use," said Bergman. Synaptics products are used by Apple, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung, among others. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

World's tiniest 'computer' makes a grain of rice seem massive

It could lead to big changes in health monitoring, writes Jon Fingas on engadget. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Phillips, Jamie D.  Sensing and Sensors  Sylvester, Dennis  

The Smallest Computer in the World Fits On a Grain of Rice

The University of Michigan just defeated IBM in creating this tiny computing device, writes Laura Yan of Popular Mechanics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Phillips, Jamie D.  Sensing and Sensors  Sylvester, Dennis  

The World's Smallest Computer Can Fit on the Tip of a Grain of Rice

The University of Michigan was salty that IBM made a smaller computer than it did, so it made an even smaller computer, writes Kaleigh Rogers of Motherboard. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Phillips, Jamie D.  Sylvester, Dennis  

Mars Rover Team tackles major redesign, places in top 10 at competition

The U-M Mars Rover Team brought a new remote astronaut assistant to the University Rover Challenge in the desert of southern Utah, pulling off a 9th place finish out of 36 competing international teams and 3rd out of the US teams. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

M-Fly's season ends with top-10 finishes, new autonomous plane

The M-Fly student aircraft design team provides undergraduates the opportunity to design, build, present, and test real-world aerospace projects. This year was extremely productive, with the team building more planes than ever, including its first autonomous craft. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Hun-Seok Kim receives DARPA Young Faculty Award to advance research in IoT networks

Kim's research is expected to impact the future design and wireless operation of the next generation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, which includes intelligent control of devices such as drones and self-driving cars. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Kim, Hun-Seok  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Wireless Systems  

Necmiye Ozay receives 2019 Henry Russel Award for extraordinary accomplishment

Necmiye Ozay, who joined the university in 2013, is a world leader in the field of feedback control engineering for dynamical systems. An innovative engineer, she has developed novel techniques to model, design and test cyber-physical systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  Ozay, Necmiye  Robotics and Autonomous Systems  

An even smaller world's smallest computer

The Michigan team behind the original Michigan Micro Mote, the world's smallest computer, has gone even smaller, with a device that measures just 0.3 mm to a side -- dwarfed by a grain of rice. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Health and Safety  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  MEMS and Microsystems  Millimeter-scale Computing  Phillips, Jamie D.  Sensing and Sensors  Sylvester, Dennis  

Q&A with Mingyan Liu

Mingyan Liu, the incoming electrical and computer engineering chair, talks about her vision for the future. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Liu, Mingyan  

Mingyan Liu named new chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan

Mingyan Liu, professor and entrepreneur specializing in communication networks and predictive analytics, has been named the Peter and Evelyn Fuss Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), effective September 1, 2018. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Liu, Mingyan  

Ben Barton (1925 - 2017): In Memoriam

Ben F. Barton, alumnus and professor emeritus in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, passed away December 16, 2017 at the age of 92. Professor Barton earned his B.S. degree in 1947, his M.S. degree in 1952, and his PhD degree in 1957, all in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan. He retired as emeritus professor of EECS in 1993 after a career of 36 years at Michigan. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

How to color-code nearly invisible nanoparticles

L. Jay Guo and his team are applying color-coding to particles that are about the size of color itself, allowing scientists to quickly determine the size of nanoparticles, which can help in biomedical drug delivery, biological sensors, advanced coatings, and lithography of more advanced computer chips. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay  Optics and Photonics  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Chip designer Ambiq Micro raises $11M of planned $20M offering

Ambiq Micro, cofounded by Scott Hanson (BSE MSE PhD EE), CTO, has cumulatively raised nearly $100 million for its technology that lowers the power requirements for chips. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Xin Zan wins two awards for wireless power transfer research

Xin Zan, a University of Michigan PhD student advised by Professor Al-Thaddeus Avestruz, has won two awards for his research on high-frequency wireless power transfer related to implanted medical devices and peer-to-peer wireless charging. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Avestruz, Al-Thaddeus  Power and Energy  Wireless Systems  

Jiyue Zhu awarded Wiesnet Medal for improved snow algorithms

Jiyue Zhu was recognized for an award-winning method that will help us better understand how much snow is on the ground. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Sensing and Sensors  Tsang, Leung  

The next medical markets of Collin Rich

An expert health sciences entrepreneur, Rich solves critical problems and earns rewards for years of technical risk. He has almost two decades of start-up experience, including co-founding Accuri Cytometers, which Becton Dickinson acquired for $205 million. Now, he's ready to repeat that success. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Health and Safety  Wise, Kensall  

New Courses Offered by ECE in 2018

As technology changes and advances, so does the range of courses offered by our faculty. Here are the latest new course offerings in ECE. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Course Announcements  

Paper award for training computer vision systems more accurately

PhD student Jean Young Song earned a Best Student Paper Honorable Mention at the Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI 2018) conference in Tokyo. Her paper, "Two Tools are Better Than One: Tool Diversity as a Means of Improving Aggregate Crowd Performance," offers an improved solution to the problem of image segmentation in computer vision by introducing a new way to think about leveraging human effort. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Vision  Graduate Students  Lasecki, Walter  

Mingyan Liu named 2018 Distinguished University Innovator

Mingyan Liu helped develop a new approach to enhancing cybersecurity through technology that predicts with up to 90 percent accuracy the likelihood that a company will be exploited by cyber criminals within the next year, earning her the Distinguished University Innovator award. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cybersecurity  Liu, Mingyan  

Semyon Meerkov receives best paper award for improving manufacturing systems

Semyon Meerkov received the 2018 Best Paper Award of the International Journal of Production Research (IJPR) for his research aimed at identifying and solving problems that arise in flexible manufacturing systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Meerkov, Semyon M.  

Laura Balzano partners with 3M to advance research in big data

Prof. Laura Balzano received a 2018 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award to advance her research in Big Data, with a focus on challenges not typically addressed by traditional machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Balzano, Laura  Big Data  

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